In ministry, one can define stewardship as "maximizing the impact of every dollar." As the pastor of a small rural church, I have experienced this reality firsthand. Yet, even with financial difficulties, I cannot forget that the above definition still includes the word "impact." Our spending, regardless the amount, must make a difference.
One area often caught between stewardship and impact is technology. In my church, I have found that a little bit of technology goes a long way. Yet, the cost presents a formidable challenge to our budget. Unwilling to forgo the impact, I have tried to find creative ways to add technology without adding the typical high costs. Though not profound, the result of my efforts is five effective ideas for becoming high tech on a low budget.
1. Take Inventory
As I began taking inventory, I wanted to explore areas for technological improvement. With the need to be cost-conscious, I thoroughly reviewed our current stock. Taking inventory revealed several instances where we didn't use things we already owned. Two examples come to mind.
First, our children's ministry needed a system for notifying parents during the service. Years ago, we bought a set of pagers, but they gradually deteriorated. After considering comparable systems, I found that everything was priced well beyond our means. But after reviewing the features of our projection software,I discovered a text messaging toolbar. We could easily display a child's assigned number on the worship screen, giving us a no-cost solution.